Kinetic chain contributions to elbow function and dysfunction in sports

Clin Sports Med. 2004 Oct;23(4):545-52, viii. doi: 10.1016/j.csm.2004.04.010.


The elbow functions in throwing and other athletic activities as a link in the kinetic chain of force development, regulation, and transfer. Efficient function, with maximal performance and minimal injury risk, requires optimum activation of all the link in the kinetic chain. Injury is often associated with alterations in force production or regulation capabilities in links that may be distant to the site of injury. Evaluation of injured athletes should include screening examinations for these areas, and treatment and conditioning should also include these areas.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / diagnosis
  • Athletic Injuries / physiopathology*
  • Elbow / physiology*
  • Elbow / physiopathology*
  • Humans
  • Kinetics
  • Sports / physiology*
  • Sports Medicine / methods